Thursday, September 9, 2010

Classical Music Inspired By The Sea

For this playlist I only selected music that actually depicts the sea, waves or a voyage, so no tone poems about Nereid or Neptune, nor operas like Riders To The Sea, but Wagner's overture to The Flying Dutchman fits in nicely. Here are some of the hightlights in this plyalist: Debussy's La mer and the Sirens movement from his Nocturnes, Ravel's Une barque sur l'océan (A Boat On The Ocean), Britten's Four Sea Interludes, Frank Bridge's Sea Suite, Delius' Sea Drift, Hugo Alfvén's symphony no.4 "From the Outermost Skerries", Takemitsu's Toward the Sea, Sibelius' The Oceanides, Bax's The Garden of Fand, and, don't yell you purists;) the dolphins are dancing, Herbie Hancock's most beautiful album Maiden Voyage. Over two dozens more composers are covered, and looking forward to your suggestions.

Here's the Spotify playlist: The Sea (141 tracks, 16 hours)
, enjoy the voyage.



15 comments:

  1. great playlist, do you think this one could go in too?
    http://open.spotify.com/track/3GOvnVITTjSrewdSPxUljW

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  2. I understand from Miloš Karadaglić interviews that some Spanish classical music is ocean inspired. Would you know which ones?

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  3. Can you post the link to the review? I only know he described the Italian piece Koyunbaba in his Guitar album as sea-like:

    http://www.deccarecords-us.com/artist/detail.aspx?nid=4573&aid=98390

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  4. Can I suggest Rimsky-Korsakov: The Sea and Sinbad's ship (Scheherazade); Sadko (musical picture, also an opera); From Homer-cantata. All vividly depict the sea; Rimsky started out in the Russian Navy and wrote his first symphony at sea.

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  5. Sea pieces by Macdowell

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  6. Great list indeed. Some of the musics were very unexpected to be included. But, thumbs up for these musics anyway :)

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  7. This is fantastic, just what I needed to wrap up our homeschool unit on the ocean! Thank you!

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  8. Also, Frank Bridge: The Sea (it's this one that got Britten going!)

    And,

    PHILIP SAINTON: The Island

    JOHN IRELAND: Sarnia/Legend

    Both above are about Islands but are redolent of the tang of the Sea!

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  9. Sorry, I see that the Bridge work is already on your list!!

    In its place, how about:

    PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS: Sinfonia Da Pacifica

    ???

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  10. Also, Frank Bridge: The Sea (it's this one that got Britten going!)

    And,

    PHILIP SAINTON: The Island

    JOHN IRELAND: Sarnia/Legend

    Both above are about Islands but are redolent of the tang of the Sea!

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